Earth Science Explored Lab & Activity Supplies

 

For our junior high-level science classes, we try to keep specialty lab supplies to a minimum in order to make the class and activities accessible for all families. Below you’ll find options for where to purchase the few specialty items required, along with a complete list of lab supplies needed for each lesson in Earth Science Explored. 

Purchasing Lab Supplies

We have partnered with Cornerstone Educational Supplies to provide two Earth Science Explored lab kit options. Cornerstone provides high quality geologic supplies at an affordable price for homeschool families!

 

Option 1: Geology Mini-Kit

This kit provides only the supplies that cannot be easily sourced on your own including the following (choose the dropdown menu on the website to choose the mini-kit): 

  • 15 mineral specimen (lesson 9)
  • 15 rock specimen (lesson 10)
  • streak plate, glass tile, magnifier, and nail (lessons 9 and 10)
  • dilute HCl (lessons 9 & 10)
  • geologic time scale 

Option 2: ESE Full Kit

This kit provides the geology supplies found in the mini-kit along with some other supplies that may be helpful to easily have on hand while completing the lessons (choose “full kit” on the dropdown menu):

  • 15 mineral specimen (lesson 9)
  • 15 rock specimen (lesson 10)
  • streak plate, glass tile, magnifier, and nail (lessons 9 and 10)
  • dilute HCl (lessons 9 & 10)
  • geologic time scale 
  • balloon (lesson 11)
  • 2 sponges (lesson 15) 
  • epsom salt (lesson 15)
  • white glue (lesson 15)
  • modeling clay (lesson 15
  • 2 thermometers (lesson 22 & 23)
  • brown paper bag (lesson 24)
  • aluminum pie plate (lesson 24)
  • styrofoam plate (lesson 24)
  • flat thumbtack (lesson 24)
  • 4″ x 4″ piece of wool (lesson 24)
  • pencil with new eraser (lesson 24)

Please note: there are still some other household items that will need to be sourced. See the complete lab supply list below.

Complete Lab Supply List by Lesson

Lesson 1: Metric System Practice & Map Your House! 
  • Ruler

     

Lesson 2: Potato Island
  • Ruler
  • Marker or pen
  • Pencil
  • Potato 
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Parent to help with slicing your object into sections

Note: This lab uses a sharp knife. Be sure a parent is present to supervise or help as needed!

 

Lesson 3: Modeling Earth’s Spheres
  • A container such as a large Mason jar, gallon bag, or clear plastic bin with a lid
  • Soil from outside, or potting soil
  • Several small plants
  • Water

     

Lesson 4: Timeline of the Theory of Plate Tectonics
  • Construction paper
  • Tape
  • Ruler

     

Lesson 5: Exploring Plate Tectonics
  • 2 Snickers or Milky Way candy bars
  • Paper plate or napkin
  • Paper
  • Pencil or pen

     

Lesson 6: Volcano Study
  • Colored pencils

     

Lesson 7: Finding the Epicenter of an Earthquake
  • Compass (drawing tool used for geometry)
  • Blank paper
  • Straight edge
     
Lesson 8: Exam 1 (NO LAB)  


Lesson 9: Mineral Identification   

All the supplies for this lab, other than the penny, are included in the Rock & Mineral kit (linked below) from Home Science Tools.

 Lesson 10: Observing Rock Features

 

Lesson 11: Chocolate Ice Wedging & Erosion Simulations
  • Small balloon
  • Magic Shell chocolate
  • Bowl
  • Paintbrush
  • Plate
  • Freezer
  • 2 large disposable roasting pans
  • Soil or dirt
  • Newspapers
  • Real or plastic plants or trees
  • Water
  • Watering can or container to pour from
  • 2 houses or shelters made of cardboard or cardstock paper


Lesson 12: Exploring the Water Cycle

  • Cooking pot filled with water
  • Pie plate filled with ice cubes
  • Pot holder glove
  • Blank white paper
  • Pencil
  • Word bank

     

Lesson 13 & 14: Exploring Geologic Time Theories

  • Access to your online classroom

     

Lesson 15: Make Your Fossils

  • 1 cup water
  • Stove
  • 2 kitchen sponges
  • Small dish* 
  • Small pot
  • ½ cup Epsom salt
  • Food coloring
  • Modeling clay
  • Small natural item like a twig, clean bone, seashell, green leaf, etc.
  • White glue

    *Any household dish that is large enough the sponge can fit in, but small enough it can be completely submerged in 1 cup of water.

Lesson 16: Exam 2 (NO LAB) 

Lesson 17: Sinking Ships

  • 2 buckets
  • Table salt
  • Large spoon for stirring
  • Pennies
  • 17 cups of water
  • 2 toy boats or other containers (will be used to hold pennies and float in water — small, plastic dressing containers used at restaurants would work well)


Lesson 18: Modeling Ocean Currents

  • Clear Pyrex loaf pan or small square pan
  • Water
  • Ice
  • Two colors of food coloring (preferably red and blue)
  • Spoon for stirring
  • Towel that can be stained without worry
  • Strainer
  • Pot for boiling water
  • Two vessels for holding water, one for hot water and one for cold water (coffee mugs work well)

Lesson 19: Investigating Tides

  • Supplied data table and graph
  • Pencil

     

Lesson 20: Hydrothermal Vent Model

  • Access to your online classroom

Lesson 21: What’s the Pressure in Your Neighborhood?

  • 12 oz clear glass bottle with a straight neck (such as a glass soda bottle) with labels removed
  • 18 oz clear glass or plastic jar (peanut butter jar or quart-sized Mason jar would work) with labels removed; the opening should be narrower than the width of the glass bottle
  • Food coloring
  • Rubber band
  • Piece of cardstock
  • Sharpie or permanent marker
  • Ruler with centimeter marks

Lesson 22: Exploring Heat Transfer

  • Mop bucket

  • Large tin can with the label removed (28 oz can would work well)

  • Coffee pot or tea kettle to heat water

  • 2 thermometers

  • Data table

  • Pencil

  • Stopwatch or timer

  • Colored pencils

Lesson 23: Land and Sea Breeze Exploration

  • 2 plastic cups
  • 2 thermometers
  • Soil
  • Water
  • Lamp with 200-watt incandescent light bulb
  • Books that stack sturdily
  • Timer or stopwatch

Lesson 24: Become a Meteorologist for a Day

  • Weather map printable

  • Data table

  • Blank paper

Lesson 25: Thunder & Lightning Simulations

  • Styrofoam plate

  • 4×4 inch piece of wool fabric

  • Pencil with a new eraser

  • Aluminum pie plate (disposable would be best)

  • Flat thumbtack

Lesson 26: The Great Biome Mystery

  • Ruler

  • Colored pencils or markers 

Lesson 27: Exam 3 (NO LAB)

Lesson 28: Length of Days

  • Pen or pencil
     

Lesson 29: Sunspot Cycle

  • Provided data table to yearly average sunspots
  • Provided graph
  • Pencil or black pen
  • Two colored pencils (red and blue)


Lesson 30: The Distances of the Solar System

  • Stretch of land at least 50 yards long
  • 16 straight sticks (wooden skewers or kebab sticks work well)
  • Flag cutouts
  • Glue
  • Tape measure

More lessons coming soon!
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